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About Pléiades Neo

Pléiades Neo is a very high resolution optical constellation of two identical satellites phased at 180° from each other. The constellation provides continuity for the Pléiades mission, with enhanced performance in terms of accuracy, reactivity and frequency. Fast tasking, high agility and a huge volume of data are the main advantages of the mission. The constellation is manufactured, owned and operated by Airbus Defence and Space.

Pléiades Neo 3, the first satellite in the constellation, was launched on 28 April 2021, followed by Pléiades Neo 4 on 16 August 2021. The constellation remains operational.

Pléiades Neo Mission Parameters
Orbit TypeSun-synchronous
Altitude620 km
Orbit Inclination97.9°
Orbit Period97.2 min
Revisit CapabilityTwice a day, anywhere
Coverage CapacityEntire globe coverage, even at extreme latitudes 500,000 km2 each satellite daily. 7,500 km2 in a single pass.
Nominal Expected Lifetime10 years
Repeat Cycle26 days

Pléiades Neo Objectives

Pléiades Neo is designed for a range of very-high-resolution (VHR) remote sensing applications for defence, security and crisis management, urban planning (mapping, civil engineering, infrastructure, mobility), maritime, agriculture, forestry and environment.

Pléiades Neo Instruments

The Pléiades Neo Imager carried on board the satellites delivers very-high optical (30 cm resolution) imagery with a swath of 14 km.

Pléiades Neo Instrument Parameters
Spectral BandsPanchromatic: 450-800 nm
Deep Blue: 400-450 nm
Blue: 450-520 nm
Green: 530 – 590 nm
Red: 620 – 690 nm
Red Edge: 700 - 750
Near-infrared: 770 – 880 nm
Spatial Resolution, GSD30 cm for Panchromatic, 1.2 m for Multispectral bands
Swath Width14 km at nadir
Geolocation Accuracy<5m CE90 at nadir
Expected: 3.5 m with refined data
Viewing Angle± 52°
Pointing AgilityRoll/pitch: 10° in 7 seconds, 30° in 12 seconds, 60° in 20 seconds

Pléiades Neo Data


ESA is offering, for scientific research and application development, access to full archive and new tasking data from the Pléiades Neo mission, upon submission and acceptance of a project proposal.

ESA will support as many high-quality and innovative projects as possible within the quota limit available, therefore only a limited amount of products can be made available to each project.

The following collection is available: